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    • January 21, 1189 Philip II of France and Richard I of England begin to assemble troops to wage the Third Crusade.

    • January 21, 1189 "Philip II, Henry II & Richard Lion-Hearted initiate 3rd Crusade"

    • January 21, 1276 Pierre de Tarantaise elected Pope Innocent V

    • January 21, 1287 The treaty of San Agayz is signed. Minorca is conquered by King Alfons III of Aragon.

    • January 21, 1324 Zen Buddhist religious debate between Tendai & Shingon

    • January 21, 1522 Head inquisitor Adrian Florisz Boeyens elected pope

    • January 21, 1525 "The Swiss Anabaptist Movement is born when Conrad Grebel, Felix Manz, George Blaurock, and about a dozen others baptize each other in the home of Manz's mother in Zrich, breaking a thousand-year tradition of church-state union."

    • January 21, 1542 Parliament passes bill of attainder against Queen Katherine Howard

    • January 21, 1604 "Tsar Ivan IV defeats the False Dmitri, who claims to be the true tsar"

    • January 21, 1643 Abel Tasman discovers Tonga.

    • January 21, 1643 Dutch mariner Abel Tasman discovers Tonga in the Pacific

    • January 21, 1664 Count Mikl�s of Zrinyi sets out to battle Turkish invasion army

    • January 21, 1677 "The first medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston"

    • January 21, 1720 Sweden and Prussia sign the Treaty of Stockholm.

    • January 21, 1749 The Verona Philharmonic Theatre burned (rebuilt 1754).

    • January 21, 1757 In Ticonderoga New York Robert Rogers 1731-1795 defeated with his Rogers Rangers by French near Ticonderoga

    • January 21, 1789 "The first American novel, The Power of Sympathy or the Triumph of Nature Founded in Truth, is printed in Boston, Massachusetts."

    • January 21, 1793 "After being found guilty of treason by the French Convention, Louis XVI of France is guillotined."

    • January 21, 1793 "Jan 21, King Louis the 16th of France is found guilty of treason and beheaded during the Revolution."

    • January 21, 1793 Prussia & Russia sign partition treaty (Poland divided)

    • January 21, 1799 Edward Jenner's smallpox vaccination is introduced

    • January 21, 1818 "Keats writes his poem ""On a Lock of Milton's Hair"""

    • January 21, 1821 "Paramaribo Suriname catches fire, 4 die"

    • January 21, 1824 "Ashantees defeat British at Accra, West Africa"

    • January 21, 1824 "Gen. Thomas J. ""Stonewall"" Jackson is born. - USA"

    • January 21, 1827 "Freedom Journal, first Black paper, begins publishing"

    • January 21, 1830 Portsmouth (Ohio) blacks forcibly deported

    • January 21, 1839 Acadia College opens in Wolfville Nova Scotia; now Acadia University.

    • January 21, 1846 "The first edition of Charles Dickens' ""Daily News"" hits London streets"

    • January 21, 1853 "Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell Hawes, Worcester MA"

    • January 21, 1854 "The Cardiff schooner Catherine o'Flanagan, stranded near Tyrella, in Dundrum Bay, Northern Ireland. Although the ship did not suffer much damage in the stranding the crew had abandoned her before she hit the shore and were drowned in the breakers."

    • January 21, 1861 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi & 4 other southern senators resign

    • January 21, 1861 "Mississippi Sen. Jefferson Davis resigned from the U.S. Senate, 12 days before Mississippi seceded from the Union."

    • January 21, 1863 "City of Dublin leases part of Cattle Market for 100,000 years"

    • January 21, 1863 Outback explorers Robert Burke and William Wills given heroes' funeral in Melbourne.

    • January 21, 1864 The Tauranga Campaign starts during the Maori Wars.

    • January 21, 1865 "Jan 21, Akrin, Ohio is incorporated as a city."

    • January 21, 1874 "Franz Grillparzer's ""Libussa,"" premieres in Vienna"

    • January 21, 1879 "Henrik Ibsen's ""Et Dukkehjem,"" premieres in Copenhagen"

    • January 21, 1880 "Jeffree & Pendray install Victoria's*(British Columbia) first business telephones; W. J. Jeffree's Clothing store, W. I. Pendray's Soap Factory"

    • January 21, 1880 "The first US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis TN"

    • January 21, 1887 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms

    • January 21, 1887 "Brisbane receives a daily rainfall of 465 millimetres (18.3 inches), a record for any Australian capital city."

    • January 21, 1890 "The first issue of Propria Cures, Amsterdam student-weekly newspaper"

    • January 21, 1891 Calixa Lavall�e dies at age 48; the composer of O Canada Canada's national anthem

    • January 21, 1899 Opel manufactured its first automobile .

    • January 21, 1900 Second Contingent of Canadian troops sails from Halifax for South Africa; more troop ships leave January 27 and February 21

    • January 21, 1903 """Wizard of Oz,"" premieres in New York City NY"

    • January 21, 1903 Harry Houdini escapes police station Halvemaansteeg in Amsterdam

    • January 21, 1907 Kenora Thistles sweep Montana Wanderers in 2 for the Stanley Cup

    • January 21, 1907 "The Kenora Thistles win the Stanley Cup, representing the smallest town (Kenora, Ontario) ever to win ice hockey's ultimate prize, or any major North American sports title."

    • January 21, 1908 "Jan 21, A New York City law is passed making it illegal for a woman to smoke in public."

    • January 21, 1908 New York City NY regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public

    • January 21, 1910 British-Russian military intervention in Persia

    • January 21, 1911 The first Monte Carlo Rally.

    • January 21, 1913 Aristide Briand forms French government

    • January 21, 1915 "Jan 21, The first Kiwanis Club is chartered, in Detroit, Michigan."

    • January 21, 1915 Kiwanis International founded in Detroit

    • January 21, 1919 "Meeting of the First Dil ireann in the Mansion House Dublin, Sinn Fin adopts Ireland's first constitution. The first engagement of Irish War of Independence, Sologhead Beg, County Tipperary."

    • January 21, 1919 Sinn Fein proclaims parliament of Free Ireland

    • January 21, 1921 The Italian Communist Party is founded at Livorno.

    • January 21, 1922 "The first slalom ski race run, M�rren, Switzerland"

    • January 21, 1924 "Jan 21, Russian revolutionary and founder of Bolshevism, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, dies at age 54."

    • January 21, 1924 "The great Russian leader, Lenin died 21 January 1924, suffering from a degenerative brain disorder. At the time of his death his brain was a quarter of its normal size."

    • January 21, 1924 Vladimir Lenin dies and Joseph Stalin begins to purge his rivals to clear way for his leadership.

    • January 21, 1925 Albania declares itself a republic.

    • January 21, 1925 Albanian parliament announces itself a republic; Ahmed Zogoe President

    • January 21, 1926 Belgian parliament accepts Locarno treaties

    • January 21, 1927 First live radio commentary of a football (soccer) match anywhere in the world- Arsenal vs. Sunderland at Highbury. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

    • January 21, 1927 "The first national opera broadcast from a US opera house (Faust, Chicago)"

    • January 21, 1932 USSR & Finland stop non-attack treaty

    • January 21, 1935 The Wilderness Society founded

    • January 21, 1938 Dutch government starts obligatory unemployment insurance

    • January 21, 1940 Foreign correspondents in Netherlands under censorship

    • January 21, 1941 "Anti-Jewish riots take place in Rumania. Gangs of Rumanian Legionnaires hunt for Jews, loot and beat Jews in the street, desecrate 25 synagogues, destroy hundreds of homes and shops, and butcher hundreds of Jews."

    • January 21, 1941 Australia & Britain attack Tobruk Libya

    • January 21, 1941 "British communist newspaper ""Daily Worker"" banned"

    • January 21, 1941 The first anti-Jewish measures in Bulgaria

    • January 21, 1941 "World War II: Australian and British forces attack Tobruk, Libya."

    • January 21, 1942 Bronx magistrate rules all pinball machines illegal

    • January 21, 1942 "Count Basie records ""One O'Clock Jump"""

    • January 21, 1942 Tito's partisans occupy Foca

    • January 21, 1942 Unified partisan organization is established in the Vilna ghetto. Resistance organization set upon Kovno ghetto.

    • January 21, 1943 Soviet forces reconquer Gumrak airport near Stalingrad

    • January 21, 1943 Vice-Admiral Cunningham appointed British Admiral of Fleet

    • January 21, 1944 649 British bombers attack Magdeburg

    • January 21, 1945 "British troops land on Ramree, near coast of Burma"

    • January 21, 1945 "The Brazilian Expeditionary Force leads an allied attack on Monte Castelo in Italy, the only participation of South American troops in World War II."

    • January 21, 1948 "West Indies vs England, Test debut Walcott, Weekes & Jim Laker"

    • January 21, 1949 The first inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman)

    • January 21, 1950 Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury.

    • January 21, 1950 "George Orwell, the author of Nineteen Eighty-Four, dies in London."

    • January 21, 1950 New York jury finds former State Department official Alger Hiss guilty of perjury

    • January 21, 1952 Nehru's Congress party wins general election in India

    • January 21, 1953 John Foster Dulles appointed as Secretary of State

    • January 21, 1954 The first gas turbine automobile exhibited (New York City NY)

    • January 21, 1954 "The USS Nautilus, the world's first atomic submarine, is launched from the shipyards at Groton, Connecticut."

    • January 21, 1956 """Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)"" closes at Golden New York City NY after 849 performances"

    • January 21, 1956 William Shawn succeeds Harold Ross as editor of the New Yorker

    • January 21, 1958 "The last Fokker C.X in military service, the Finnish Air Force FK-111 target tower, crashed, killing the pilot and winch-operator."

    • January 21, 1960 Little Joe 4 suborbital Mercury test reaches 16 km

    • January 21, 1960 "Rock falls traps 437 at Coalbrook South Africa, 417 die of methane poisoning"

    • January 21, 1961 """Conquering Hero"" closes at ANTA Theater New York City NY after 8 performances"

    • January 21, 1961 Portuguese rebels seize cruise ship Santa Maria

    • January 21, 1962 JFK arrives in Uruguay

    • January 21, 1964 Carl T Rowan named director of US Information Agency

    • January 21, 1966 Beatle George Harrison marries model Patti Boyd

    • January 21, 1968 US B-52 bombers with nuclear bomb crashes in Greenland

    • January 21, 1969 "An experimental underground nuclear reactor at Lucens Vad, Switzerland, released radiation into a cavern, which was then sealed."

    • January 21, 1971 """Alias Smith & Jones"" premieres on ABC TV"

    • January 21, 1972 Assam's North East Frontier Agency becomes Arunachal Pradesh territory

    • January 21, 1972 "Manipur, Meghalaya & Tripura become separate states of Indian union"

    • January 21, 1972 "Mizoram, formerly part of Assam, creates an Indian union territory"

    • January 21, 1972 Tripura becomes a full- fledged state in India.

    • January 21, 1973 Canadian actor Leslie Nielson appears in the Ringbanger episode of the TV sitcom M*A*S*H

    • January 21, 1976 Commercial service of Concorde begins with London-Bahrain and Paris-Rio routes.

    • January 21, 1976 England and France place the supersonic jetliner Concorde into regular service.

    • January 21, 1976 The supersonic Concorde airplane was put into service by Britain and France.

    • January 21, 1976 UK hist Concorde enters supersonic passenger service [see 2000]

    • January 21, 1977 Italy legalizes abortion

    • January 21, 1977 President Carter pardoned American Vietnam War-era draft evaders and ordered a case-by-case study of deserters.

    • January 21, 1977 U.S. Presient Jimmy Carter provides a presidential pardon to most Vietnam War draft dodgers.

    • January 21, 1978 "Bee Gees' ""Saturday Night Fever"" album goes #1 for 24 weeks"

    • January 21, 1979 Neptune becomes outermost planet (Pluto moves closer)

    • January 21, 1979 Price of gold increases to record $875 troy ounce

    • January 21, 1980 Canada expels three diplomats from the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa for spying; caught buying secret information from an American citizen in Ottawa.

    • January 21, 1980 Gold hits record $850 an ounce

    • January 21, 1980 Gold reaches intra-day historic high price of $870 in New York.

    • January 21, 1981 Bernhard Goetz is assaulted for first time on a New York subway train

    • January 21, 1983 "In Regina Saskatchewan Joanne Wilson found murdered in her garage; ex-wife of politician Colin Thatcher, son of ex-Premier Ross Thatcher, who will be found guilty of first-degree murder"

    • January 21, 1983 Reagan certifies El Salvador human-rights abuses have decreased making country eligible for US military aid

    • January 21, 1985 "-19�F (-28�C), Caesar's Head SC (state record)"

    • January 21, 1985 "-34�F (-37�C), Mt Mitchell NC (state record)"

    • January 21, 1985 "Because January 20 had fallen on a Sunday, Ronald Reagan's public inaugural ceremony (for his second term as President) was moved to Monday, January 21. Due to bad weather, the ceremony was held indoors in the United States Capital Rotunda.[1]"

    • January 21, 1985 Bomb attack on Borobudur temple in Java

    • January 21, 1985 Dennis Potvin ties Bobby Orr's career record of 270 NHL goals

    • January 21, 1986 "100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38�F (3�C), Indiana"

    • January 21, 1986 "Allison J Brown, 17, of Oklahoma, crowned 4th Miss Teen USA"

    • January 21, 1986 "Bomb attack in East-Beirut, 27 killed"

    • January 21, 1987 Archbishop's envoy Terry Waite disappears in Lebanon

    • January 21, 1987 "BB King donates his 7,000 record collection to University of Mississippi"

    • January 21, 1988 "US accept immigration of 30,000 US-Vietnamese children"

    • January 21, 1989 A woman is assaulted & raped in the room of an Oklahoma football player

    • January 21, 1989 In St John's Newfoundland Tory Brian Peckford resigns after 10 years as Newfoundland Premier; replaced by Clyde Wells after election

    • January 21, 1990 Bob Goodenow succeeds Alan Eagleson as NHL players association executive director

    • January 21, 1990 "Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry said he would seek help but did not publicly concede he had used illegal drugs. He left the next day for a treatment program in Florida."

    • January 21, 1991 CBS News correspondent Bob Simon captured by Iraqis in Persian Gulf

    • January 21, 1991 Iraq announced that it would use hostages as human shields against allied warplanes.

    • January 21, 1993 "It was announced that Hillary Clinton would work out of a White House office near the Oval Office, an unprecedented move in first lady history."

    • January 21, 1993 Nigerian singer Fela Kuti arrested on suspicion of murder

    • January 21, 1994 "Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)"

    • January 21, 1994 Lorena Bobbitt found temporarily insane for chopping off spouse's penis

    • January 21, 1995 "52th Golden Globes Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks, Jessica Lange, Brad Pitt"

    • January 21, 1995 "Calgary Police charge Dorothy Joudrie with attempted murder after the shooting of her estranged husband, oil executive Earl Joudrie, at her home in Calgary"

    • January 21, 1996 "53th Golden Globes Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta"

    • January 21, 1996 Karrie Webb wins LPGA HealthSouth Inaugural Golf Tournament

    • January 21, 1997 "At least a dozen people are reported dead after a pair of earthquakes in China's westernmost province. The quakes in the Xinjiang region heavily damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes. The first quake had a magnitude of 6.4, the second a magnitude of 6.3."

    • January 21, 1997 "In the face of continuing reports of legally dubious fund-raising practices, the Democratic National Committee announced it would no longer take donations from foreign nationals or from U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies."

    • January 21, 1997 Newt Gingrich becomes the first leader of the United States House of Representatives to be internally disciplined for ethical misconduct.

    • January 21, 1997 "The full House voted 395-28 to reprimand Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., for violating House rules and misleading congressional investigators looking into his possible misuse of tax-exempt donations for political purposes."

    • January 21, 1998 Pope John Paul II arrived in Havana for his first-ever visit to Cuba.

    • January 21, 1999 "Raul Salinas de Gortari, brother of a former Mexican president, is convicted of arranging the murder of a political rival and sentenced to 50 years in prison."

    • January 21, 1999 The brother of former Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari was convicted of masterminding the 1994 shooting death of a ruling party official.

    • January 21, 1999 "War on Drugs: In one of the largest drug busts in American history, the United States Coast Guard intercepts a ship with over 9,500 pounds (4,300 kg) of cocaine on board."

    • January 21, 2002 Canadian Dollar sets all-time low against the US Dollar (US$0.6179).

    • January 21, 2003 "Lee Boyd Malvo, 17, was indicted by a grand jury on murder charges stemming from the Washington area sniper attacks."

    • January 21, 2003 The U.S. Census Bureau says Hispanics have moved past African-Americans as the largest minority group in the United States.

    • January 21, 2004 A U.S. scientist who had toured North Korea nuclear facilities told Congress there was evidence they could produce enriched plutonium.

    • January 21, 2004 Canada: The residence of reporter Juliet O'Neill is searched by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigating leaks concerning the deportation of Maher Arar.

    • January 21, 2004 "China ushered in the year of the monkey, a positive sign in Chinese astrology for business and growth."

    • January 21, 2004 NASA's MER-A (the Mars Rover Spirit) ceases communication with mission control. The problem lies with Flash Memory management and is fixed remotely from Earth on February 6.

    • January 21, 2005 "In Belize's capital city, the unrest over the government's new taxes erupts into riots."

    • January 21, 2007 Awashima Marine Park in Japan catches a video tape of the rare frilled shark







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